Marvel is Considering Shane Black to Write and Direct 'Iron Man 3'!
Whoa! As we know because he confirmed it himself last year, Jon Favreau won't be back to direct any more Marvel movies. Instead, he's going to Disney's Magic Kingdom. So who is going to take his place on the Iron Man franchise? Well, Heat Vision just ran an article saying that Shane Black, screenwriter and director of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, is "in contention" to write and direct Iron Man 3 for Marvel Studios. But don't start celebrating yet. "Insiders said that Black's involvement is far from a sure thing, and that other writers and directors were being looked at." If I can say, it would be pretty awesome to see Shane Black tackle Iron Man.
This seems like kind of a ploy to get some fanboy buzz behind director-in-waiting Shane Black - and it might just well work. Black is a fan favorite because of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and because he's a damn good writer, with other credits to his name like Monster Squad, the Lethal Weapon series and The Long Kiss Goodnight. He's been trying to get another project to direct for a while and has a few lined up, like Death Note, but this could be his big break in many ways. Marvel already has Iron Man 3 scheduled for May 3rd, 2013, a year after The Avengers. We don't know anything about the story, because it can go anywhere next - potentially with/without War Machine and/or Black Widow, depending on what happens to her in Avengers and so on.
For now this is nothing more than a possibility, as Black is one of many directors in contention. If he gets the job, we'd been in for a very different kind of Iron Man movie, but that's exactly why he would be such a great choice. I doubt Marvel would let them make it too much darker as is, but there would definitely be a unique sensibility that only Black could bring, and I'd love to see them go in that direction with this sequel. We'll let you know when/if they sign him! Do you think Shane Black would be an awesome choice?